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good morning. ballpark tragedy. a father dies after falling from the stands trying to catch a baseball and it happened right in front of his young son. not so fast. casey anthony's release date pushed back by authorities in florida. what caused a late night change and when will she now go free? we're live at the jail. and california, here they come. will and kate are hollywood bound this morning after making what some their fans in canada are calling a royal misstep. why not everyone is saying "hats
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off" to them "today," friday, why not everyone is saying "hats off" to them "today," friday, july 8th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. i got to tell you, just heart sick hearing about this story first thing in the morning as a dad who takes his kids to the ball games all the time. last night's texas rangers game, a father and son enjoying the game together, thrilled to have a player, josh hamilton, no less, throw them a foul ball, then that tragic fall occurred. >> the man was conscious after plunging 20 feet. witnesses say that the only thing he was othering about was his young son's safety. he later died after he went into full cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. we're going to go live to the scene straight ahead this morning. also ahead this morning, the
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investigation is widening this morning into the phone hacking scandal that has led to the upcoming shutdown of england's most popular newspaper. the latest from london coming up this morning. >> the very dramatic story there. and also this morning, a "today" exclusive. nadya suleman outraged millions of americans and ignited a nation-wide debate over in-vitro fertilization when she gave birth to okctuplets. today they're here for their first ever live joint appearance. >> green room goes daycare. >> right? plus our big city crowd has gone a bit country this morning for one of the hottest acts around. blake shelton. look at that crowd. the cma's male vocalist of the year takes over our summer concert stage in the 8:30 half-hour. first let's begin with this
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fatal fall at a baseball game. kim fisher from kxas the nbc station in dallas is at the rangers ballpark in arlington. kim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. everyone out here is simply in shock over what happened here last night. it started off as a typical play. josh hamilton, snagged a foul ball, he went to toss it up into the stands. but it is what happened in the seconds after that that simply shocked everyone. 39-year-old shannon stone who had come to the game with his son, reached out to grab that ball and he fell over the railing. now some of the people who were around did try to grab him but they just couldn't do it as he fell over. he did fall 20 feet but what we understand is that he was coherent while he was down there talking with paramedics, asking about his son, making sure his son was okay. some of the fans nearby did bring the son down to him as he headed off to the hospital. but then that's when things turned tragic. while he was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he did go into cardiac arrest and he passed away just one hour after
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the fall. we did get a chance to talk with nolan ryan, president of the texas rangers. he said the team is absolutely devastated. and then of course the fans were devastated as well and they said this isn't just a tragedy for stone and his family. this is a tragedy for everyone there, including the rangers organization. ann? >> kim, i know it's hard to see because we don't see how exactly further down, but apparently it was concrete underneath which is one reason why he was so hurt. what can you tell us about what happened to his son? >> reporter: yeah. i can definitely tell you that fans that were nearby said the son was around 8 or 9 years old. they said that after the fall happened, they could hear the father down below asking about the son so they walked him down to police to make sure he could be with his dad after everything happened. ann? >> kim fisher, thank you so much. what a tragedy. appreciate your reporting. thank you. >> you got to think about josh hamilton, too, was doing a nice thing, tossing the ball to a fan, only to see this happen.
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let's get a check of the morning's other top stories. natalie morales is at the news desk this morning. good morning. good morning, everyone. deadly shooting spree, car chase and hostage standoff ended last night with more bloodshed in michigan. police in grand rapids says a 34-year-old went on a shooting rampage that killed seven people, including his own daughter, and another unidentified child. after a high-speed chase and a five-hour hostage standoff, he fatally shot him ef. his three hostages were unharmed. new legal troubles for former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss-khan. today paris prosecutors opened a preliminary probe into the attempted rape accusation leveled against him by that french novelist. despite last-minute appeals from the white house, u.s. supreme court rejected a stay of execution last night for a 38-year-old mexican citizen convicted of raiching and murdering a texas teen. he received lethal injection last night in huntsville, texas.
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the case set off a flurry of objections because the defendant had not been informed he could seek legal help from the mexican government at the time of his arrest back in 1994. two people are dead this morning after a small plane crashed into a southern california hospital. both people on board the plane were killed. no one in the hospital was injured. stakes are high ahead of a rare sunday meeting at the white house where leaders from both sides of the aisle are pushing for a deal on the debt ceiling. the deal must be in place before august 2nd for the government to avoid possible default. and, it is the end of an era for a town -- a bridge, rather, on the sbridge in pennsylvania. hundreds came out to see the piece of history come down. 7:06 right now. you're up to date. let's turn it back over to ann, david and maria. a lot of tragedy in the news this morning. sorry do that on a friday. >> natalie, thank
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>> we have clouds over baltimore. there are breaks in the clouds to the south. than a storm activity over the lower chesapeake bay. in and out of clouds today.
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>> david, back to you. >> maria, thanks. casey ant? i back behind bars this morning following thursday's sentencing hearing, but she won't be there for very long. nbc's kerry sanders is at the orange county jail. hey, kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, david. casey anthony will be free in just nine days. she was convicted and sentenced on four counts of lying to a law enforcement officer, but she gets credit for the time that she's already served here in the jail. overnight they recalculated the numbers, it added a little bit more time but she'll still be walking free in a little more than a week. 25-year-old crazy anthony walked into court relaxed, happy. no longer an accused murderer. as she waited for the judge to arrive, casey fiddled with her
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hair. it was notably down, unlike most days during the trial. >> the defendant, casey anthony, is before the court. >> reporter: judge belvin perry says the jury spoke loud and clear reminding casey they did find her guilty of lying to law enforcement four times. >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail. >> reporter: one year for each of the four misdemeanor counts. but with time served, she gets out in nine days. casey showed no emotion, even as the state said her lies wasted so much time and money. >> cost of investigation is not intended to be punitive. >> reporter: prosecutors want casey, who's indigent with only $301.18 in her jail commissary account, to pay those state costs with any money she may now make from her new found notoriety. the bill is not yet calculated but it is expected to exceed $1 million. outside the courthouse, the
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anger at her acquittal for murder is now intensified by a sentence that effectively puts her in jail for less than a week. >> she let a murderer go! >> reporter: fears of vigilante justice are why jail officials say they surrounded her movements thursday with extreme protection. >> we don't want her here and she needs to go and start her bella vita somewhere else. we paid the tax money for these false searches. we're left with the bill. we're left with a hole in the heart because a child is gone. >> reporter: that bella vita life refers to the tattoo casey got on her back, on her shoulder, after her daughter caylee died. in italian it means "a beautiful life." where will she go when she is released? well, it is unclear if the court will have any restrictions. if there are none, she can go anywhere in the united states she wants, maybe to puerto rico. who will fund her departures an her life? that's unclear, david. >> going to be a tough road ahead for her.
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kerry sanders, thank you very much. 7:1 1. here's ann. david, thank you. there is new fallout in morning in the "news of the world" phone hacking scandal. one of the tabloid newspaper's former editors has now been arrested a day after rupert murdoch announced he's shutting down the 168-year-old paper. nbc's mike taibbi has more. mike? >> reporter: the so-called phone hacking scandal has been around for years. six years, to be precise. but in the past week it went from a story about celebrity cell phones being hacked to regular people as alleged victims, including the grieving relatives of crime victims or soldiers killed in action and the explosion that's followed led to the extinction of the biggest circulation newspaper in the english speaking world. media barron rupert murdoch has had little to say as the scandal jumped to another level. >> i'm not making any comments. >> reporter: but son james murdoch said if the allegations are true, the newspaper's behavior was inhuman. >> i feel regret.
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clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in. >> reporter: one practice that met no standards, that grieving rel tis of murdered children, or of british soldiers killed in action, had their cell phones hacked, and their voice mail messages accesses. >> if these actions are proved to have been verified, i'm appalled and find it quite disgusting. >> reporter: so did prime minister david cameron and both sides of the aisle in a rare emergency session of the house of commons all in agreement that the public needs to know who was hacked, who did it, and who knew about it. >> once we know that, then we will know where the blame lies and obviously the people responsible must pay a penalty. >> reporter: one person murdoch says is not responsible is rebecca brooks, the paper's former editor and still a top corporate executive. critics have charged that murdoch chose to save her rather than one of britain's oldest newspapers. at age 80, murdoch's once bulletproof reputation has been shaken. >> the reports that this is the
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end of murdoch or this is the death of murdoch in a business sense are probably overstated. but it does give one pause to see a scandal of this proportion really spiral out of control. >> reporter: hacking the phones of celebrities and politicians was one thing. but harvesting the grieving voicemails of ordinary people dealing with tragedy triggered an explosion of revulsion that could not be contained. with advertisers abandoning the paper, its closing will put some 200 employees out of work and there are publish reports today that there are more arrests coming, perhaps within days, several investigations now under way. >> nbc's mike taibbi, thanks so much, mike. 7:13. once again here's david. ann, thanks. it is likely to be the number one issue in the 2012 presidential election as we've been talking about it, it is the economy and the struggling job market. both president obama and the republican contenders will be closely watching when this morning's unemployment figures come out. cnbc's maria bartiromo is here
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to break it all down for us. good to see you. what are you expecting? some positive signs i guess in the last couple of days in terms of private sector job creation which is what's been lacking. >> that's right. and we are expecting job creation in the month of june. even though may was quite weak. we're looking for a number better than 100,000 new jobs created in the month of june and the unemployment rate to stay at 9.1%. you have to see that as a victory it didn't actually go up. the bad news is it is still very spotty and very choppy and the month of may was quite weak. >> when i talk to either business leaders or others in finance, they say it's debt. it is if we're talking about the debt ceiling or personal debt, people are trying to pay down that debt to such degree that people aren't hiring and that's still the bottom line. >> i agree with you. that's a great point. because the uncertainty surrounding all of the debt issues that we're talking about, we're having an unprecedented conversation about whether or not to raise the debt ceiling right now. that has created a lot of uncertainty for businesses and remember, they need to see a return on their investment as
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well. so they're not necessarily going to invest a whole lot of money, adds new heads to the payroll if number one, they don't see the demand, they don't expect that they're going to get money there because people are out there buying and going to be picking up on their investment. and number two, they're worried about this uncertainty. surrounding the debt as well as the regulatory environment, they're worried about higher taxes, a whole host of issues. >> and that's the kind of thing that's keeping them when there's no big solutions coming out of washington from actually hiring additional people. part of this though is the actual recovery. are we in a slow growth recovery period where those jobs may not come back? >> well, i think you make a great point. there are some jobs that will not come back. if a company can send workers overseas to places like india and get a job done for a cheaper fee, of course they're going to do it. so yes, some jobs won't come back. there has been some hiring believe it or not in manufacturing. that's when one area of growth. the elephant in the room, unfortunately, is the fact that wages haven't moved at all so that's a major issue. while some people are worried about inflation, because you see
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price hikes on every commodity from oil to milk to copper and iron ore, at the same time wages haven't moved so the fed is saying well there's no inflation because we're watching wages. for the average guy and gal out there with a job, they are unfortunately seeing their pay at a flat rate. >> and consumer deplanned is a big driver of the economy and ultimately job creation. but again we talk about debt. mortgage debt. what's the consumer up to right now? >> the consumer has been spending in spotty places. some areas of retail that have actually seen some vibrancy. upper end and lower end have done better than the middle. you are seeing the mortgage market and housing market continue to be in the dumps. i mean frankly, the housing market has not participated in this recovery and now not only have prices come down, making it more affordable for people, unfortunately, the issue is they can't get a mortgage because the standards are much higher today. so it's tough sledding actually still. >> tough news. maria, thank you very much. we'll watch for the numbers later this morning. state of the economy and
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battle over the debt ceiling will be a big focus for me this sunday on "meet the press." my guest will be treasury secretary tim geithner and i'll also interview republican presidential candidate tim pawlenty. if the weather cooperates and that's a very big "if," the space shuttle will take off for the very last time this morning. nbc's tom costello is at the kennedy space center. hey tom, good morning. >> reporter: hi, ann. the weather is the big variable, as you mentioned. still a 70% of no-go but there is just a hint of more optimism out there right now. we have a live shot of "atlantis" sitting on the pad right now. if they don't go today, they'll go over the weekend. boy, is this place packed. three-quarters of a million spectators expected today. while wet weather may delay this morning's launch of "atlantis," nasa has gone through this routine hundreds of times before. but this countdown is different. the final crew to ever fly a shuttle. >> welcome aboard the space shuttle. >> reporter: at the johnson space center in houston, commander chris ferguson invited
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me into the shuttle training simulator to experience a virtual lift-off. >> that boom right there is the solid rocket booster. you can see the pad disappearing to the left here and we're on our way. >> reporter: and talk about the 135th, and final, flight. >> to know that you're preparing for the last mission, this must be bittersweet. >> it's going to be tough for me and i think it is going to be difficult for the folks who have given their life to the program to know that it is over. >> reporter: it was 1981 when the first shuttle, c"columbia," roord into space. since then the shuttle has circled the earth nearly 21,000 times and carried some 355 people from 16 countries. along with the triumphs of building the space station, deploying and later repairing the hubble telescope, there has also been tragedy. nasa administrator charles
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bolden. >> we shall remember the crews of "challenger" and "columbia" who made the ultimate sacrifice. >> reporter: from start to finish, the shuttle program has cost some $200 billion and supporters insist it's been worth the investment. >> because it's an expression of the national spirit that we have. you know, this country was founded by explorers. >> reporter: also at the cape for the final launch, nbc's jay barbree who has covered every manned space lunch surveillance 1958. >> it is an experience that only you can feel here when these mighty machines are climbing into orbit. my heart will be pumping. i will be concerned about the astronauts on board and i will be watching with pride it going into orbit. it will be 166 for me and i hope to be here for 167. >> reporter: we love jay barbree. if we go again any time soon, it will be on board a commercial
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space vehicle but that could be four to five years away. ann, in the meantime, american astronauts will be catching a ride to the space station with the russians. back to you. >> tom costello this morning, thank you so much. nbc news will bring you live coverage of the launch if and whether it happens later this morning. it is now 7:19. once again here's david. ann, thanks very much. today marks a first for the duchess of cambridge. kate is set to visit the united states for the very first time following a whirlwind tour through canada. nbc's peter alexander has the good assignment. he's been following the royal couple's trip every step of the way. he's in beverly hills with the latest this morning. hey, peter. >> reporter: david, good morning to you. the royals coming to america tour officially begins this afternoon. they arrive at lax, greeted by l.a.'s mayor antonio villaraigosa and the governor of the state, jerry brown. then they go where else? straight to beverly hills. they come here for a british business conference in a city that's filled with stars, theirs may be the biggest names of all. with just hours to go until this golden couple hits the golden
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state, william and kate are saddling up for the final day of what's been a nearly flawless canadian tour. their first official overseas trip. >> will and kate clearly are a rock star royal couple. wherever they go they get cheered. there's mania about them, almost like a beatle mania. >> reporter: here in image obsessed l.a., this glamorous young couple's star power could outshine even hollywood's royalty. among those celebrities expected to rub elbows with the waleses, nicole kidman, tom hanks and roo reese witherspoon. i spoke with the princess earlier this morning. catherine, are you excited for your first trip to the u.s.? >> yeah, i'm really looking forward to it. >> reporter: that excitement has been lilding here in l.a., too. >> it's really fleiss to have that relationship between the uk and l.a. i'm really excited to see them come over. >> reporter: this weekend's most anticipated event, a sold-out
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charity polo match with the prince. but in calgary what some are calling the first misstep, the duke and duchess opting not to wear white cowboy hats. among those to tip their hats in the past -- the osbournes, president bush, even his holiness, the dalai lama. a spokesman for the couple says it was no royal snub. hours later, they proudly put them on. and in a nod to kate's every day appeal, observers have noted she wore her favorite jeans several days in a row. admirers gathered for days to catch a glimpse of the royals. >> it's one of the happiest days i have ever been through. >> reporter: among the millions of canadians charmed by the future king and queen, this 6 years cancer patient diamond marshall whose wish to meet a princess was granted. you can see kate was really moved by that moment. by the way, this is the kind of story, the more you think about it, david, that very easily could be written right here in hollywood but this is not all
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about pomp and pageantry. it is also about charity. they're going to an inner city arts program while here and also raise money for african wildlife, even attending a veterans job fair. >> peter alexander, beverly hills this morning, thanks very much. coming up, much more on what lies ahead for casey anthony. nin sight on what happened during the emotional deliberations inside that jury room. we will have the latest coming up. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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route 2 northbound 83, harrisburg expressway. and area you might want to avoid or at least be aware of if you're heading out the door this morning. 63 in the northeast corner of 95 heading towards the beltway. 11 minutes on the outer loop west side, a 11 minutes on the outer loop topside and the northeast corner. south towards d.c., looking at six minutes there. this is a live look at age 95 and moravia road. you can see very light volume in both directions there. topside of harford road, things are moving just fine. wide open roads and no delays or problems. john, over to you. >> take a look at our hd doppler radar. a lot of clouds in here. thunderstorms down, moving off of virnia and into the lower portion of the chesapeake bay. news from the into western
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virginia and western maryland as well. another wet day today, a special -- another wet day today, at least the potential for it. humidity is up, barometer is down. with the map today showing -- weather map today showing variably cloudy skies. some of the ring to be heavy at times. there is a flood advisory in effect for our area for today. >> you should check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back at 7:55 with another live update.
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friday morning, july 8th, 2011. we have a happy crowd starting their day with us here in rockefeller plaza. they pick a good one, because blake shelton has the number one country song in the land and he's going to be performing it for us live when he takes to our summer concert stage later this morning. meantime, inside studio 1a, i'm ann curry alongside david gregory who's been nice enough to fill in while matt is off. >> good to be here. just ahead we'll get much more on the casey anthony trial, because what happens when now
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she walks free. could she face a civil lawsuit? our legal team of savannah guthrie and star jones weighs in again this morning. >> they've got plenty to say about what's ahead. also coming up, an inside look at the tragic case of phoebe prince, the teenager who took her own life after being bullied by fellow students. one who accepted a charge of criminal harassment speaks out for the first time in an exclusive interview. also this morning, she was dubbed octomom but nadya suleman calls that cartoon character fiction. today she's here with her okoct, two oldest kids. did she really use the word "animal" to describe some of her own children? nadya suleman sets the record straight in an exclusive live interview. let's begin with casey anthony. that case and the lingering outrage at both the verdict and her sentencing. nbc's kerry sand irs is at the jail in orlando once again this morning. kerry, good morning.
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>> reporter: good morning, david. casey anthony could be out of the jail here in nine days. she was convicted, of course, for lying to law enforcement officers but she's been in jail here for some time and with the time served and gain time she'll be out in a little bit more than a week. but there's been outrage, as you said. now lawmakers have suggested that perhaps there's a need for caylee's law. this would be a law that would be on the books that would require a guardian or parent to remain in contact with a child who's 12 years ode and if they lost contact with them for more than 48 hours they would have to report them missing. and if they failed to report the death of a child in more than two hours, they could be arrested. then of course the law would reinforce that you cannot lie to law enforcement officers. all of this because when casey's daughter disappeared as initially it was reported, she didn't tell anyone for 31 days. as we now know, her daughter
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died but it remained a secret until her mother contacted 911. david? >> kerry, thanks very much. marcia clark, the prosecutor in the o.j. simpson trial, author of "guilt by association," star jones and savannah guthrie, good morning. savannah we've been talking the last couple days, you're walking around doing calculations in your head all the time. >> trying to do calculations. >> how did they reach final release date? >> the department of corrections knows how exactly they got from this four-year sentence. calculated about three years' time served, added in good time and what's called in florida gain time behavior of about ten days a month. but actually no matter how you crunch the numbers, it is hard to get exactly the math that they apparently got. and it is evidenced by the fact
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they've changed the date overnight, instead of being released wednesday she'll be released the following sunday. it shows there's a little bit mystery to exactly how they did this calculation. the bottom line is she served three years of a sentence and did get good time behavior. >> marcia, take us into the jury room as we learn additional details about what that deliberation was like. jurors have now come out publicly saying they were heart sick about this, they feel it was a gimme based on the evidence that she was guilty, and yet the initial deliberations were it sounded like according to one juror, 10-2 in favor of acquittal on the first three murder charges but then split 6-6 on the aggravated child abuse. how did that go down? >> it sounds to me like you have a jury that's inclined to acquit right from the start. the aggravated child abuse is the least of the heavy charges involving the homicide of caylee. so what you have is a jury that's basically rejecting the homicide charges right from the start and is an amazing kind of amount of unity considering that's their first vote.
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remember that. first vote. 10-2 for acquittal on first degree is amazing. i can say one thing, david, about the release date? i think that there may be some misinformation deliberately given out to avoid anybody knowing exactly when she's going to get out for security purposes. it would not surprise me if neither of the 13th nor the 17th is the accurate date. >> the question now, star, is going to become whether there's any possible legal avenue ahead. one of them would be a civil action. we discussed that a little bit yesterday. is there anybody to sue for wrongful death which is what you could do perhaps? >> well, in theory be the defendant, casey, is going to make some money at some point in her life. we don't know how she's going to do it. you've heard the book deals, you've heard movie projects. reality shows but the real quick money nowadays is in turning it over to a real interview and if you can do an interview for money from one of these tabloids, sell your story quickly, then you actually can get some money. that would be money that they would attach in a wrongful death
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lawsuit. >> savannah, there is an internet movement afoot now for the idea of a caylee's law which would be a federal crime if you delay contacting authorities. that's directly related to the fact that she was lying about where caylee was in the course of that interview. lie after lie which is what she was ultimately convicted of. >> yeah. and i think this reflects the feeling in the community that somehow the law failed us here. so many people on the outside think clearly she did something wrong at a minimum, just failing to report your daughter missing. after she, according to casey anthony, had died. there's something wrong with that. i actually think -- i mean this law is fine as far as it goes, but in some sense the lying to authorities charges covers that same conduct in failing to report. and at the end of the day, the problem with this case is not a failure of our laws, it is a failure of proof on the part of the prosecution so caylee's law is fine, i understand what motivates it. i just don't know how much it will really change anything. >> and david, if you think about it for a minute, really?
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are we at that point in our world, in our country, where we need a law to tell a parent if your baby goes missing, please call somebody? >> yeah, right. it's a depraved set of circumstances. >> exactly. >> thank you all very much. star jones, savannah guthrie and marcia clark out in los angeles. for much more, be sure to catch a special "dateline" -- casey anthony invite the verdict, tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central time right here on nbc. now let's get a collection of the weather from maria la roy is a who is in for al. >> good morning, david. this crowd is ready for some blake shelton. i'm going to get you ready for the weekend. let's take a look at saturday's forecast. we do have a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms, risk of severe weather through the central plains, up into the upper midwest. it is going to continue to be warm all the way from the northeast down to the southeast. that continues into sunday. dry, still hot across >> after the big thunderstorms last night, we're getting a bit
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of break this morning. showers and storms will come back as we head into the afternoon and evening. >> david, back to you. just ahead, would she do it again? nadya suleman and her octuplets join us for their first ever live interview. but up next, phoebe prince, the massachusetts teen who committed suicide after being harassed by fellow students. one of them speaks out in an exclusive interview right after this. thanks to the venture card from capital one, we get double miles on every purchase, so me and the boys earned a trip to dc twice as fast! oh hi! we get double miles every time we use our card. and since double miles add up fast... one more chariot please. ...we can bring the whole gang! i cannot tell a lie. he did it. right...
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the suicide of 15-year-old phoebe prince in massachusetts brought national attention to the issue of bullying in schools and led to the question, when does bullying cross the line and become criminal behavior? the community of south hadley high school had to confront that issue head-on when some of phoebe's classmates were indicted for harassment. in a moment, one of those students speaks out for the first time, but first, here's nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: phoebe prince was a happy and playful 12-year-old in this home video of a family vacation. that was before the irish teen moved to america with her mom and started her freshman year at south hadley high in massachusetts. just a few months after that in january 2010, phoebe hanged herself at home ending her own life at age 15, and her mother said ending the pain caused by the school bullies who tormented her. ann o'brien, phoebe's mom, spoke
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about her loss in may. in a hushushed courtroom -- >> as i said my final good-bye to phoebe at the crematorium, i picked up from her coffin and held her for the very last time. >> reporter: a mother's grief as five students pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal harassment in connection with the events that preceded phoebe's death. the new girl in school, new to this country, had been subjected to a three-month campaign of verbal assaults and threats of physical harm, prosecutors said. humiliating her in front of classmates and with texts and on facebook and twitter. why? because phoebe had dated two guys and angered other girls and their friends. this is what happened on her final walk home from school. >> a car with a couple of kids in it chucks a drink out the window, called her an irish s luchslut, why don't you go kill yourself. and she did. >> in one of her text messages
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to a friend, she said it would be easier if one of them handed me a noose. sharon shannon velazquez struck a deal to criminal harassment. more serious felony charges were dropped. >> anger and aggression would have scared me. so i can only imagine the terror it instilled in phoebe. >> reporter: prosecutors said the intense international notoriety, along with probation and 50 to 100 hours of community service, was punishment enough. >> the era of turning a blind eye to bullying and harassment is over. >> reporter: phoebe's family said justice had been done. >> i don't think anybody wanted to see those kids go to jail. >> reporter: while phoebe's family lives with the loss of their daughter, forever. ron allen, nbc news, new york. >> i sat down exclusively with sharon shannon velasquez earlier this week along with her mother
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and their attorney and i began by asking sharon if she has any regrets. >> i regret saying the things i said to her because at the end of the day, like i've told many people i tried to help out a friend and it backlashed and i didn't know that she had so many problems. and if i had known that, then i would have gone out of my way and tried to help her instead of saying the things i said to her. >> you're the first to speak out. why are you speaking out? >> well, like i said, i was trying to help out a friend and people don't understand that and i want them to know that. and they're going around saying things that aren't true and saying that i stalked her and that i bullied her and that wasn't the case at all. we argued. >> would you say you bullied her? >> no, i wouldn't. >> you wouldn't say you bullied her in some of the things that you said to her. >> well, some of the things i said to her were unnecessary and mean, but it's arguing. i only argued with her three times and of that i left it
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alone. >> the phoebe prince's mother said about you that you, quote, terrified my daughter by her anger and physical aggression. phoebe walked between people in the hallway in case she jumped her. you wouldn't call that bullying? >> no, because i didn't do that. i argued with her -- >> allow me, ann. actually, that's one of the reasons why we're here to clarify the record, that in fact the presentation given during the plea by the mother was many of those things were not actually what we pled to was a very limited fact pattern and she did not agree to those facts and that's why she's here today, because of all those facts that were read into the record by miss o'brien were not true. >> angela, so when you hear this, when you've heard these kinds of comments and you've heard the accusation that your daughter hurt phoebe prince in this way, what is your reaction? >> as a mother, it was hard,
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because i was sitting in the back. i couldn't stand up. i couldn't protect my daughter. and the key was there but she was saying things that i know -- that i know wasn't true. that's not the daughter i raised. seeing my daughter cry, i couldn't stand up and say let me hug you, it is going to be okay. it was hard. >> now, you're 18 years old. and in school you you say, as a result of this, you've been bullied? >> i have. since the beginning when this whole story came out, we've got death threats, people say things to me all the time. they stare at me a lot. and it's a lot of things. it really hurts. >> in fact, you know, we were googling your name and when you google just your name, it says "sharon velasquez bully." >> yeah. people have their own idea of
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me. like i said, i was trying to help out a friend. i didn't mean it to go as far as it did. >> so what is the truth about you, sharon? what is it you want to say about yourself that people don't realize that they pinned you out as a bully? >> i'm not a mean person. i mean i'm -- i think i'm really caring. i care a lot. because i went out of my way to help out my friend and i didn't mean to hurt somebody or say the things i said to them. >> you know, colin, i know you say this entire matter, now that sharon is 18 years old, this entire matter will be wiped from her record. >> that's correct. >> and so the question now becomes how are you going to move forward? what life do you want now? >> i want people to not judge me. i want them to leave me alone. i want them to stop saying things to me and -- because when
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i started school, these people came up to me and told me to leave because they don't want me here and i want that to stop. i was modeling and i had to stop that. i had to stop going to school. they kick me out. couldn't do a lot of things and i just want that to stop and i just want to go on with my life. >> and sharon also said that if she could say one thing to phoebe, she would say that she is sorry, that she didn't know everything that she was going through or she would have tried to help phoebe. she also expressed how sorry she is that she caused phoebe's parents any pain. sharon also said that she didn't mean any of the things that she said. we'll be back right after said. we'll be back right after this. of a role in my own life, t playch but with advair, i'm breathing better so now i can take the lead on a science adventure. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator,
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consider an alternate route at least to the time being there. charles and bellona, traffic light on flash there. revers road, off ramp, we have a crash reported there as well. this is a live shot of perring parkway along the top side of the beltway. looking ok. we're seeing delays from time to time on the outer loop. harford road looks like it is clear. things are moving just fine there. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> sun starting to break through the clouds. thunderstorms moving into west virginia. the chance for rain is there. sunshine breaking to the clouds. humidity is high. barometer is load. no wind to speak of.
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♪ 8:00 now on a friday morning, the 8th day of july, 2011. we've had some showers on and off in new york. the good news is they stopped pretty much before our crowd turned out. you guys, we've got one of the hottest acts in country music right now. we're talking about a live concert from blake shelton! i can't even say the name and they start shouting. i'm ann curry along with david
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gregory in for matt this morning. you ready to do the two-step with me? >> i know how to two-step. >> do you. >> i do. i'm always impressed tosh here on a summer concert day. it is unbelievable. it is a bad time to say i'm uncomfortable in front of large groups? >> i think you eat it up. we have a lot to get to this morning. we're also going to hear from nadya suleman, remember she's been called the octomom. she's made the trip from california to new york with all of her octuplets for their very first live in-studio joint appearance. how do they manage? does she have any regrets and what is important that she told a magazine that she actually hated her babies. we'll talk to nadya suleman about all that. also, rare glimpse into the family's interworkings. amy robach went out to california and spent a day with them. we'll catch up on what that was like. let's get to the news of the morning. we've got natalie at the news
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desk. good morning, ann and david. good morning, everyone. casey anthony will not be getting out of jail next wednesday after all. florida corrections officials have recalculated her credit for time already served and delayed her release by four days until sunday, july 17th. anthony was found not guilty tuesday of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee but she was sentenced to four years in jail for lying to police. an emotional day for nasa as the shuttle "atlantis" was poised this morning for the final mission of the entire 30-year space shuttle program. shuttle fueled up while nasa kept an eye on cloudy weather that threatened to delay today's watch. on thursday nasa reported a lightning strike within one-third of a mile of the launchpad. london police today arrested the prime minister's former spokesman in the growing newspaper phone hacking scandal. andy colson was also the former editor of "news of the world," the 168-year-old best selling tabloid at the center of the scandal. on thursday media tycoon rupert
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murdoch said he's shutting down the paper which is accused of hacking into the cell phones of many celebrities and political figures. back country trails at yellowstone national park remained off-limits this morning two days after bear killed a 57-year-old california man. the park superintendent says the female bear responsible is being monitored but will not be removed from the area because she was following natural instincts and protecting her cubs. and now for a look at what's trending today, our quick round-up of what has you talking online -- an online petition for caylee's law has gone viral. it would require parents or guardians to promptly report the death off disappearance of a child. it's named, of course, for caylee anthony, the florida girl whose disappearance was not reported to police for over a month. and a video that may disturb some viewers. on google people are searching for josh hamilton, the texas ranger outfielder who tossed a
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ball into the stands thursday only to have the fan fall to his death. the rangers say they're heavy-hearted about the tragedy. a hot topic on today.com. hair necklaces? an art student wanted to make disregarded hair more attractive. maybe not the best trend for summer. i don't know. artistic, for sure. 8:04 right now. back outside to david and ann. proving you can do something out of anything. >> thanks, natalie. we want to get a check of the weather. we've got maria larosa in for al this morning. >> i'm in with the blake fans right here. he's going to be coming right outside here. >> yes, i know. >> oh, my gosh. let's check out weather first off. we do have showers and thunderstorms across the northeast, including in our pick city, new haven, connecticut. 82 degrees. very humid across much of the country as a front begins to drift south across the mid-atlantic and the southeast.
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we could see a few strong thunderstorms there. also through the northern plains with another front coming through. but looks like sunshine for much >> we are off to a fairly quiet start after the storms last night. rainshowers and thunderstorms come back late into the afternoo >> david, back to you. >> maria, thanks very much. up next, a "today" exclusive. nadya suleman's first ever live interview with her octuplets. she'll be here in studio 1a. but first these messages. i didn't understand it. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia --
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back now at 8:09. nadya suleman grabbed worldwide headlines back in january of 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets. only the second surviving set ever born in the united states. the attention quickly turned to public scrutiny when it was discovered the single mother had undergone in-vitro fertilization and already had six other children. well, this morning suleiman is here with her octuplets and one of her other children for an exclusive live interview. but first, "today" national correspondent amy robach has a look at a day in their lives.
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amy, good morning. >> ann, good morning to you. i think you can hear probably a little bit of what i experienced. after spending the first 15 minutes with nadya suleman and her 14 kids, i have to admit, i was completely exhausted. she doled out breakfast, snacks, water, discipline and love and it was only 9:00 a.m. obviously it is a daily struggle keeping on top of what goes on inside her home, but suleiman must also battle with those on the outside looking in. >> this is makkai. he's the biggest. here's the thing, i never wanted any help. i never did want help. i never wanted nannies, i never wanted volunteers. i like to take care of the children myself. >> the single mother of 14 children all conceived with the help of in-vitro fertilization, nadya suleman is well aware she's the focus of anger and controversy. >> if i had a mate that would have diffused a lot of animosity. i'm the ultimate societal scapegoat, i believe.
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>> reporter: unwed, unemployed and with six other children ranging in age from 2 to 7 years old, when the octuplets were born suleiman defended her actions in an exclusive interview with ann curry a week after giving birth to the babies. >> the world outside is saying what are you doing? >> i'm providing myself to my children. i'm loving them unconditionally, accepting them unconditionally. everything i do. i'll stop my life for them. >> reporter: 2 1/2 years later, nadya suleman living in a four-bedroom house struggles to raise her children all by herself. is it harder than you thought it would be? >> i'm happier and i feel more free than i ever thought i would. how about that? i'm so happy, i don't have nannies. it's harder but i feel so much stronger. i've been forced -- i forced myself to pull out strengths i never knew i possessed. >> reporter: but a recent "in touch" magazine articles paints a different picture. in an interview suleiman was quoted as saying "i hate babies, they disgust me, my older kids are animals, i can't discipline
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them." >> i've never said one of those words. not one. and they made up all these things. people are saying i'm locking myself in the bathroom. i can't even spend ten seconds really in a bathroom bet alone what they're saying. >> they also said in the article you have considered suicide. >> first and foremost, never, no, no way. who's going to take care of my kids? i'm the only one that's the rock in their life. >> reporter: a typical day at the suleimans starts at the crack of dawn. >> i get up at 5:30. get aden off to the bus. i start getting the other people -- they're not babies -- trying to potty train. it is hard for to you imagine but when you constantly keep moving and you're going 200 miles per hour, 300 miles per hour, it is just another thing you have to tackle. >> reporter: with 14 kids all living under one roof, there are devon signs of heavy wear and tear. >> there's some holes here. there's some holes there. it's been from the scooters or bikes, whatever, you know.
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one of our main goals, a priority is to buy a heem and i want to earn it, work for it and buy it myself. >> reporter: which won't be easy. it reportedly costs $15,000 a month to support her children. so to make ends meet, she has resorted to taking on unconventional jobs like appearing in this video. >> one more thing on the laundry list of humiliation. >> you needed money. >> he said you can make a couple hundred thousand dollars. you can pay off part of your house. i'm thinking, okay, i'll do it. zero dollars, total lesson learned -- priceless. >> you got no money from that. >> yeah. >> what are your hopes for your children? >> number one is their health and well become. that's most important, always will be. number two is education. so maybe one will go to med school. that's a nice dream. >> as for her personal life, nadia says her kids are it. she has avoided any kind of relationship for over a decade now and she says she has no
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plans on pursuing any sort of dating life any time soon. ann? >> amy, thank you so much. now making their live television debut, nadya suleman and her octuplet octuplets. and one of nadya's oldest children, 9 years old. good morning to all of you. as we just heard, you were talking about how you are not paid for any of these unconventional jobs you told amy about and you're not being paid for this interview. so how are you supporting all of these children? >> well, for the first time ever i was able to be fortunate enough to have management for the first time about a month ago. from that point on is when i've been able to generate enough revenue to make ends meet. >> doing? >> appearances or i've been doing boxing. i just started. i'm doing a tour with them. every month i'm going to boxing
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matches. i've been a fitness trainer actually so i have been having a real job since last summer. i've been a fitness trainer. i'm in the process of earning my personal trainer's license. but again, that's peanuts compared to what the total dollars amount i will need to support all the kids every month. so just different jobs, tv appearances, interviews, radio, whatever i can, as long as it is appropriate and respectable. >> some people have said that you have been worried that you might be on public assistance. >> i've never in my life been on and i never will. i would feel like a failure not only as a mother but as a human being. that's my own bias. >> you may not always have enough money but you do have a lot of children and i wonder if you ever feel a mother's guilt -- >> i felt that for years. since i had them. i felt guilt. the hundreds of death threats. finally swallowing all of my emotions manifested into panic attacks. then through exercise and
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becoming a fitness trainer and helping other women become stronger physically and mentally it's helped me. that's my way to self-medicate. i do 40 miles a weight of climbing a stairmaster with weights. i made up my own 99-minute -- >> what about a ploer's guilt in terms of being able to give them enough attention? >> i have learned to move past that. i personally cannot waste my energy just fixating on my past choices, regardless if they were good or bad choices. how is that advantageous to them? you know? what am i teaching them? sovy to teach them to accept it, learn, grow as a result of your choices, accept the responsibility of the consequences of your choices and move forward because if you just look back, what are you going to do? just sag me forever and grow old. you need to grow as a result, then you're able to move forward. >> thank you so much. >> what other way is there than forward? >> well, you didn't choose to have eight children all at once -- >> no. >> but the doctor who was your
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doctor, your in-vitro doctor, he just last week lost his license. >> i heard. >> he's the one that did your in-vitro treatments largely because of your pregnancy, lost his license. when we first talked, nadya, you defended him. what are your thoughts now? >> both. both. i still defend to a certain point because i wouldn't have my oldest, i wouldn't have any of my children had he not invented the procedures he had invented. but in regard to -- i don't feel i have the authority. >> oh, no, no -- no, no, that's okay. no, that's not going to happen. there you go. there you go. no problem. >> we're going to stay on the carpet. >> but it's difficult obviously to keep an eye on everyone and make sure they're safe and give them their attention. >> no, i do though. >> at one point you told me that you were -- you felt resentful being an only child. >> yeah.
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right. >> now do you ever worry that they're going to resent being one of 14? >> i have thought about it. i'm reading a book. i'm almost done writing my own without any help. but all of the reflections and all of the self-investigation and self-evaluation deep down and introspection and all that is what i'm writing about. can i waste my energy in time worrying about that daily when i have to focus on them constantly? no. because how is that going to help them? >> i want to get to this because i want you to talk about this "in touch requesting magazine article. >> i've never done an interview with them. >> but you talked to someone who apparently gave that discussion to that interviewer. >> i've never said any of that. we were contemplating suing because it is slander. i've never said any of that. none of it actually. >> you're contemplating suing -- you were or are you still contemplating? >> we still are but my manager has an attorney who's considering it. >> you want an apology? >> i think they should retract it because it is all slander. all of it. i love my children.
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i would do anything for my kids. i live for my kids. >> so you never said that you thought that they were -- >> i love children. i love children. i love all kids. i love my kids. i would die for my kids. i don't regret. i can't waste my energy and time regretting anything. no, i do not have suicide ideations. >> we are obviously experiencing a blitd of wha little bit of wh experience all the time without help. >> this is different because i'm distracted out of the house. >> this is a fundamental logistical question. how do you potty train eight 2 1/2-year-olds? >> i'm in the process. >> how do you do it? >> you just go. 200 miles per hour. you just do it. the girls are almost potty trained. but since january they're in preschool. now i'm able to work during the day or personally train people when they're at school. >> let me ask amera a question.
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there was a light back there. amera, you're doing a great job. you were the first one to notice that. and so how has it been like for you being the older sister of all these kids? >> jeremiah! freeze. freeze, noah. freeze, noah. freeze. sit down right now. sit down. sit down. >> amera, how has it been for you? has it been hard for you? >> it's been okay. >> what do you mean okay? thanks so much for jumping in there, david. can i have you sit on my lap, sweetheart? >> we are sitting down. oh, by the way, they had two hours of sleep so this is the behavior for two hours of sleep. they -- this is the first time travel. >> this is normal behavior for 2 1/2 year-olds. >> no, no, these are incredibly behaved children. you won't believe it, if they
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sleep really well. >> actually we have now one apparently wanting to take matt lauer's job over there at the "today" show. i can just quickly ask you though, as a mother, who's been under the smpotlight with a lot of negative publicity. >> that's how i avoid it. i don't have internet. i don't socialize. i keep to myself as much as humanly possible. i'd rather always be home with my little village than anywhere else. >> but have you been connecting -- have you been paying any attention to this casey anthony case? >> no, i haven't. i haven't watched tv. i haven't watched any tv in almost a decade. serious seriously. someone asks me about it. i'm like tell me about the story, then i'll give you my opinion. i don't know what's going on. >> what is your greatest hope now -- i don't mean at this very moment, but your greatest hope now for the future of your children? what is your greatest hope? >> that they are going to continue -- because this is no sleep and traveling. but they are unbelievably
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behaved and they are advanced in school. they're in preschool. my dream is for them just to keep on growing and be healthy. we are so lucky and fortunate that there's nothing wrong. nothing is wrong. >> actually, joshua needs to have surgery -- jonah. >> you know what the doctor said? he's having it saturday. they said it's partial and that is the easiest surgery they can imagine. >> that is the only physical issue. >> the doctor looked in the camera and said it is a miracle that that is the only thing that is wrong of any of them. that's not even something really wrong. it's common with a singleton. they are 80th percentile in height and weight. science cannot explain it. they're extraordinarily healthy, athletic. they've been jumping out of their cribs, running around since 1 years ode. how do you explain that? then my dad was an athlete. i was an athlete. they're also athletic. this is not normal.
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please, people, this is not a normal situation. it is extraordinary. >> nadya suleman, thank you so much for joining us today. i appreciate your giving us the time. the kids really are lovely. >> thank you. >> we've got much more coming up. the biggest news in country mus music. blake shelton. ♪ i found a new love a natural true love ♪ ♪ that comes from a little green leaf ♪ ♪ zero-calorie, guilt-free no artificiality ♪
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which is fine, i mean i, i know how to make dinner. it just starts to make you wonder. is this what happens when you age? my friends used to say i was the lucky one. i had the fun parents. where's the fun now? night, guys. [ sighs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] toyota venza. keep on rolling. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is kim dacey and traffic pulse 11. . >> several things going on. what is at loch raven boulevard. we have a traffic light on flash at charles and bellona avenue. moravia road, off-ramp to moravia road, we have a crash there as well. we have a downed tree at dave
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hill road. wilson and mccomas road. southbound route 1 and bel air, closed in both directions just fast were 24. howard county, you crash just into was at 32 and linden church road. beltway is looking good at perring parkway. it looks like these have cleared. 95 in the white marsh area, northbound and southbound is moving freely there as well. john, over to you. >> sunshine is trying to break through the clouds. humidity is up. we are on the warm, humid side. is installed to our north. disturbances moving along with the front, and heating of the sunshine. all conspired to bring us a good chance of thunderstorm activity. showers and storms and the forecast. mr. of sunshine and clouds.
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it will be kind of uncomfortable out there because of the threat of heavy rain brou. all of our viewing area except pennsylvania is under a flood watch and risk of severe storms for today. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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♪ 8:30 now on this friday morning, july 8, 2011. a lot of cowboys and cowgirls in our plaza this morning. there's good reason -- because blake shelton has the number one country song in the land. he's right now on our plaza getting ready for a live
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concert. he's going to take to the stage in just a moment. this morning we've got a very nice, happy crowd. i'm ann curry, alongside david gregory and natalie morales. matt has got the morning off. we're taking a look at america, the history of the country, one dish at a time. it is a great project he's been working on for several years as he talks to the grapefruits. also, kids and cursing. you know, oftentimes kids will sometimes slip a little word here and there. sometimes it can seem amusing. but what do you do as a parent? how do you react? we're going to get some expert advice from a parenting expert.
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>> we're going to get to all of that. but first, let's get a check of the weather from maria la rosa who's in for al this morning. you guys ready for more blake? come on, right? >> let's show you the forecast for the weekend. saturday looking at warm and dry conditions across the northeast. showers and thunderstorms will plague the southeast. slight risk of severe weather through the central plains. that continues on into sunday as the front drags to the south. it looks mild and hot in southern califor >> after the big thunderstorms last night, we're getting a bit of break this morning. showers and storms will come back as we head into the afternoon and evening.
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>> you can check your forecast 24 hours a day at weather.com. back to you, ann. >> thanks a lot, maria. coming up, blake shelton on our stage coming up. but first, this is "today" on nbc. consumers today have a legitimate concern about the chicken they eat. they want to know more about how they were raised, what they were fed. we spend a lot of time on the feed because a chicken is what it eats. [ jim ] this seal verifies we feed my fresh all-natural chickens
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an all-vegetarian diet including corn, soybeans, and marigolds. we actually ask the usda to come check us. we have never fed steroids or hormones and never will. no blood meal, no meat and bone meal. yuck. no animal by-products. it means when you put my chicken on the table, you know where it came from.
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we're back at 8:35. this morning on "today's kitc n kitchen," celebrating the history of american cuisine. washington, d.c., my home, is host to a new cultural exhibit in the form of a temporary restaurant called the america eat cavern and it is open until
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2012. jose, the chef and creator, great to see you. you are the spaniard who's come to america and helped us rediscover our history of food. >> i mean i've been 21 years in the states. my three daughters born here. i mean the longest anywhere has been in america. i am an immigrant and i think i'm the story of every other immigrant before me. i'm here to keep bringing light to things. i'm a cook. i'm trying to big back forgotten dishes. >> that's fascinating. tell us about these books. >> very quick, this was the first chef of president washington and president jefferson. >> wow. >> this is history. or this one, "joy of cooking," 1971. first edition. signed by her. when i open this book one day, her mind spoke to say, said i help you to bring back the dishes that have been forgotten.
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>> we're starting with a grapefruit dish. >> we cut the top, we cut the bottom. this is a cocktail that is -- >> what's the history behind it? >> the history is that this amazing woman did whole bunch of different grapefruits dishes and many different cocktails. this to me is the best one. so we're going to make a dressing. grapefruit juice. we have the segments. we add the vinegar. you're going to add the mustard. you're going to whisk. >> i've been waiting all morning to whisk. >> you're going to be whisking. i'm going to have these right here, we're going to get these grapefruit, put it right there. everyone can do it. here we have the finished. we put some paprika like original recipe and people of america -- history in a plate! >> i love it. clam bake here. this is fantastic. is this for one person?
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>> or two, or three. massachusetts, clams, oysters were everywhere. clam bake with the seaweed. look what you can do. put the seawood in the bottom. open the clams in half. put on the oven or in the stove. the bowl is going to steam. the clams are ready. you get the beautiful melted butter and you put it on top. this is a classic american dish! >> why wife loves these. >> how do you know the clams are done? >> you can say to things, tom, are you good or are you not good? are you healthy? if the clam doesn't answer back to you, the clam is healthy. >> are you ready or not? >> so you have party at home and you don't have lot of time or lot of money. everyone has ice. how you turn this on? we're on talk show. here. here! here we have ice. if you don't have that --
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>> you just shave the ice -- >> you put a bottle left over, it is frozen, you get the grater. easy. what do you do? sunflowers. this is with maple syrup, the most elegant dish i know of, ice, song flowers -- this is winter going into spring. you put the flowers -- here. you're going to do this. put the lemon zest on top. then we have some maple syrup warm. you bring this to the table. you didn't have any other ingredient but maple syrup on ice. do the lime, too. i love the citrus touches. man, you're a good cook! >> you know, i'm trying to audition for a job here in one of your d.c. restaurants. >> grab the mach maple syrup. you're going to poor a little bit. what's happening is that the maple syrup when the ice is melt, it is getting hard, it is
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getting firm and -- >> i know you're so interested not only in the history of the country but also how americans eat today. >> this is important year. the farm bill is being overshadowed by our senate and congressmen. the future of how we're going to feed america and the world is being decided right now. for me this restaurant is important because i hope  everyone in america is going to be coming and looking back into who we were and what we've been forgetting through the years. we need to remember that food is most important thing we have. >> amen. and it's also worth remembering that you are a leader in making washington, d.c. a great restaurant town which not everybody thinks is the case. but thanks to you -- >> there's many, many restaurants. they are doing good. >> jose, thanks very much. up next, a live concert on the plaza from country great blake shelton. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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>> announcer: the "toyota concert series" on "today" brought to you by -- toyota. he is the country music association's male vocalist of the year with nine number one hits. he's also the break-out star of "the voice." ladies and gentlemen, mr. blake shelton! ♪ ♪ my oh my you're so good looking ♪ ♪ hold yourself together like a pair of bookends ♪ ♪ i've not tasted all your
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cookin' ♪ ♪ who are you when i'm not looking ♪ ♪ do you pour a little something on the rocks ♪ ♪ slide down the hallway in your socks ♪ ♪ when you undress do you leave it hang ♪ ♪ then sink to your nose in a bubble bath ♪ ♪ my oh my you're so good looking ♪ ♪ hold yourself together like a pair of bookends ♪ ♪ i've not tasted all your cookin' ♪ ♪ well who are you when i'm not lookin' ♪
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♪ i wanna know ♪ i wanna know ♪ i wanna know ♪ do you break things when you get mad ♪ ♪ or eat a box of chocolates because you're feelin' bad ♪ ♪ do you paint your toes cause you bite your nails ♪ ♪ or call on god whether all else fails ♪ ♪ who are you when i'm not around ♪ ♪ when the door's locked and the shades are down ♪ ♪ do you listen to your music quiet quietly ♪
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♪ when you feel just right and can't believe ♪ ♪ i wanna know ♪ i wanna know ♪ i wanna know ♪ my oh my you're so good lookin' ♪ ♪ but who are you when i'm not lookin' ♪ >> blake shelton. we're back with more of his music in just a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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blake shelton's been cranking out number one hits ever since he broke on to the scene in 2001. now he's at it again with a new album called "red river blue." blake shelton, good morning to you. could this be your best year ever? >> it is my best year ever. it's not could it be. it's been amazing. foreign policy "honeybee" doing as well as it is and "the voice" and getting married and -- everything. i don't know. what do you want me to say? >> well, no. which has been the biggest thing? >> oh, getting married.
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by far the most crucial, pivotal good thing that there is. >> well said. married to miranda lambert who by the way happens to be performing this morning at another morning show. >> really? >> yeah. some other one. something like that. i understand you guys have been involved in a twitter love fest this morning. >> yeah. yeah. we've been popping off back and forth. she says she wins because she has boobs. >> she has a point. but you did argue with her because she just tweeted they won't be watching you, they'll be watching me. what's your response to that? >> she underestimates my moobs. >> your moobs? >> i just wanted to hear you say it back. >> okay. i'll say it back. your moobs. you're now going to sing the song everybody's been waiting for. in fact, the song is "honeybee."
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we love that song. tell me about writing "honeybee." >> actually red aiken and ben hasting wrote this song and sent it over to me. it was one of those things when i heard it, it was like my life and times. didn't really know two turn into -- >> the first song that's ever gone platinum for you. >> first platinum single i've ever had. >> also i understand it's sold over 1 million downloads in just ten weeks. so congratulations to you. >> thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, "honeybee." ♪
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♪ girl i've been thinkin' bout us ♪ ♪ you know i ain't good at this stuff ♪ ♪ but these feelings piling up won't give me no rest ♪ ♪ this might come out a little crazy ♪ ♪ a little sizeways yeah maybe ♪ i don't know how long it will take me but i'll do my best ♪ ♪ if you'll be my soft and sweet ♪ ♪ i'll be your strong and steady ♪ ♪ you be my glass of wine ♪ i'll be your shot of whiskey ♪ you be my sunny day ♪ i'll be your shade tree ♪ you be my honeysuckle i'll be your honeybee ♪ ♪ yeah that came out a little country ♪ ♪ but every word was right on the money ♪ ♪ and i got your smilin' honey right back at me ♪ ♪ now hold on cause i ain't done ♪ ♪ there's more where that came from ♪ ♪ well you know i'm just havin'
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fun but seriously ♪ ♪ you will abmy louisiana ♪ i'll be your mississippi ♪ you'll be my little loretta ♪ i'll be your conway twitty ♪ you be my sugar baby ♪ i'll be your sweet iced tea ♪ you be my honeysuckle ♪ i'll be your honeybee ♪ ♪ your kiss just said it all ♪ i'm glad we had this talk ♪ nothing left to do but fall in each other's arms ♪ ♪ i could have said a i love you ♪ ♪ could have wrote you a line or two ♪ ♪ baby all i know to do is speak right from the heart ♪ ♪ if you'll be my soft and
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sweet ♪ ♪ i'll be your strong and steady ♪ ♪ you be my glass of wine ♪ i'll be your shot of wliskhis♪ ♪ you be my sunny place ♪ i'll be your shade tree ♪ you be my honeysuckle ♪ i'll be your honeybee ♪ you be my louisiana notes ♪ i'll be your mississippi ♪ you be my little loretta ♪ i'll be your conway twitty ♪ you be my sugar baby ♪ i'll be your sweet iced tea ♪ you be my honeysuckle ♪ i'll be your honeybee ♪ i'll be your honeybee ♪
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>> blake shelton showing us his moobs. he'll be right back with one more song a little bit later. but first, a check of your local news.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. firefighters in harford county spent the better part of a night battling a three-alarm fire in jarrettsville. the fire was so intense that part of the home collapsed before the crews got it under control. is not known if weather played a
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now let's look at the forecast with john collins. >> front stall just to our north. thunderstorm activity could develop during the day today. in and out of the clouds, showers and storms. the variable winds at 10 miles per hour. because the threat of heavy rain, flash flood watch in effect for our area. that will extend into the evening hours. there was a slight risk of the summer thunderstorm activity. rains could produce severe weather, hail or damaging winds. we will talk more about it later. >> we will have another weather update at 9:25.
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